The SCAM defends creation

lise benoit capel 2The SCAM (Civil Society of Multimedia Authors), has over 35,000 members, directors, writers, journalists, video makers, photographers, translators and illustrators who, through their creations, fuel the audiovisual, radiotelephony and new media sector. The SCAM is there to represent them, to collect ownership rights and then share them out. On Wednesday Lise Benoit-Capel, a member of the SCAM and documentary filmmaker presented the policy to FIFO. She tells us more about it.

 What is the story behind the SCAM?

The director and scriptwriter Charles Brabant was behind the SCAM. With 24 of his companions, he realised that the Société des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) received royalties, and with his companions he wanted to create a structure that offers the same opportunities to multimedia authors. The SCAM came to fruition on 11th May 1981.

What does the SCAM specifically propose?

The SCAM manages copyright collectively. When an author declares their work to the SCAM, the latter collects the fees from users and takes care of the payment of these royalties to the author. It negotiates our interests.  SCAM also provides legal aid, offers grants and funding. The SCAM is lastly a forum for expression.

Why are you at FIFO?

I realised that many authors in French Polynesia are unaware of the existence of the SCAM or are unaware that they can join it. There is a misunderstanding. I would like to thank the FIFO board of directors for giving me the opportunity to present the SCAM, to communicate about it.

Is it correct that Polynesian specificities do not allow us to join a structure like the SCAM?

That is is wrong. This is a French-speaking territory and therefore the SCAM is very relevant. It also applies to New Caledonia, Wallis-and-Futuna and for French-speakers from Vanuatu. Surprisingly, Australia and New Zealand know the SCAM.

In addition to SCAM projects, you wish to create a residency for documentary makers in French Polynesia…

Yes, that is my initiative. I would like to propose a writing residency for documentary makers with the idea of opening out to others, as I have myself experienced this solitude as a nomadic author. And then it is also important to talk about other cultures, to exchange. The writing residency is that too. It can also be a point of reference for the SCAM, a place for information and advice. After, in the framework of the cultural policies of the country, it is up to them to decide if these measures are relevant to developing partnerships.

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Interviewed by Alexandra Sigaudo-Fourny